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FFA students to compete in Career Development Events at NMSU

More than 1,000 high school students from 75 schools across the state will meet for the New Mexico State FFA Career Development Events April 1-4 in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University.

During the four-day event, students will compete in 24 career development contests, or CDEs, such as horse judging, meats, agriculture mechanics and pasture and range.

An awards ceremony will be held Friday honoring the top five teams and individuals in each event. The first place team in each event will go on to compete at the national level in Indianapolis in October.

Most of the CDEs will be held in the Pan American Center. Other events will be held in Gerald Thomas Hall, the Livestock Judging Lab and range areas in Las Cruces.

To prepare for the competition, many members participated in a Career Development Training School held in February in Roswell, N.M.

The school gave the opportunity for in-depth training for 4-H and FFA members and was sponsored by the New Mexico Agricultural Education and FFA Association.

The trainers for the CDEs were from NMSU, Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and various high schools and agricultural departments around the state.

"This is the first time anything like this has been done in a cooperative manner between the FFA organization and 4-H," said Les Purcella, state supervisor of the New Mexico Agricultural Education and FFA Association.

For more information, contact Melissa Monett at (575) 646-3036.